The Yankees start Spring Training Part Two next week at Yankee Stadium and everyone is celebrating… Except Domingo German.
German has 63 games left on his 81 games suspension after breaking Major League Baseball’s domestic violence policy late in the 2019 season. He won’t be allowed to participate in Spring Training 2, and he will also miss the entirety of the shorted 2020 regular season.
According to Randy Miller of NJ Advanced Media, not only will German lose playing time, he also forfeits his entire 2020 salary. German had previously agreed to a one-year contract in March of 2020 according to Cot’s Baseball but their are no specifics on the dollar amount. We can estimate that with two plus years of services time under his belt, German is giving up between $600,000 and $650,000 based on is $577,500 2019 salary.
When will he be back?
Well, German isn’t completely done for. If the Yankees fight their way into the 2020 postseason he would be eligible, according to Miller. As soon as the postseason starts, German can make his way back onto the roster and the mound.
Would the Yankees use him?
I’d say probably not. Despite his .818 winning percentage, 18-4 record and 4.03 ERA in 27 games in 2019, it would be difficult to justify throwing a guy on the mound who hasn’t seen live-action in almost a year. This is an even harder hit for the Yankees considering Luis Severino will still be recovering from his recent Tommy John surgery.
But the Yankees have quite a few pitchers to rely on, most notably a solid core of Gerrit Cole, Masahiro Tanaka and James Paxton, for the 2020 regular and postseason, so I wouldn’t be too concerned.